IMAGEN Architects winning entry to a competition run by Architecture Ireland / Plan Expo.
IMAGEN’s proposal for the Liffey Quays 2032 was to consider the River Liffey as a green urban spine to the expanding city. The Quays would become vehicle free, except for carbon-free public transport systems, which would reinvent the Quays as a series of major public spaces, pocket parks and ‘green bridges’. Hueston Station and Croppy’s Acre would become the Quay’s western gateway. Dublin’s ‘little Venice’ allows the city to step down to the water’s edge. O’Connell Bridge would now become a new public space connecting the city as an urban plaza and meeting place. The Docklands reinvents itself as a new international transportation hub. This would facilitate future high speed rail connections to Belfast and possibly the UK, alongside an expanding business district. The Docks would become a ‘city in a park’. New wildlife corridors and wetlands would act as north-south links connecting Northbull and Sandymount with cycle routes, parks and pedestrian bridges. The new neighbourhoods would be places to live, work and play, re-animating the coastline with people focused spaces and activities.